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4 hurt after Green Line trains collide, derail at Government Center

Green Line train crash under investigation in Boston
Green Line train crash under investigation in Boston 02:16

BOSTON – Four people were hurt when two Green Line trains collided and derailed at the Government Center station in Boston late Wednesday night.

The MBTA said a two-car, westbound train, with 20-to-25 passengers on board, struck a two-car train with no passengers as it was preparing to enter service around 9:20 p.m.

No passengers were hurt, according to the T, but three Green Line operators were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with injuries that are said to be minor. All three were able to walk off the trains. The MBTA later said a fourth Green Line operator was also taken to the hospital about two hours after the crash to be evaluated. Three of the four have been released, according to the T.

MBTA officials said at this time there's no evidence to suggest a train or infrastructure issue was the cause of Wednesday's accident, but confirm they are investigating a possible human error. 

 "I've seen situations where once all the facts are known, sometimes what you thought was apparent was not,  but that's one of the things we are looking at closely," MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said. 

Green Line service was suspended in the area after the crash, but resumed Thursday afternoon. 

This crash comes less than a month after the Federal Transit Administration said they were reviewing MBTA safety after a man was killed on a Red Line train.

"It's so frustrating to see, week after week, another set of concerns around safety and the MBTA. We know that this is directly connected to the fact that there's been deferred maintenance for decades in the system and it is time to have a plan to make sure that we can invest what we need, fix up the track, update our trains and ensure that people can rely on the service," Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told reporters Thursday.

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